Homeless man shot and wounded

By Alexander Bruzual

 A homeless man has been shot and wounded by a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force following an altercation in Arouca on Sunday afternoon. 

According to police reports, at about 5:15 p.m., Lance Corporal Boodoo was at his home along Johnny Street, Arouca, with his eight-year-old son when they were approached by 48-year-old Fitzroy Edwards, a homeless man known in the area. Edwards reportedly confronted the soldier and his son, during which he cursed the duo and allegedly began throwing various objects at them, including rocks and glass bottles.

The Lance Corporal told police that he called on the man to cease his actions, but when the assault continued, the soldier became fearful for his life and that of his son and pulled out his licensed firearm and shot Edwards once in the right calf.  Boodoo then took the wounded man to Arouca Police Station, where he formally made a report.

Edwards was then taken to Arima District Medical Hospital where he was treated and, up to late yesterday, said to be in a stable condition. He is also currently under police guard.

Acting Corporal Bennet is continuing investigations.            

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